As thousands of Boston-area college students return to town for the spring semester, university officials are taking preventive measures to avoid further outbreaks of influenza. Some institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Simmons College, Tufts University, and Wellesley College, are offering free flu vaccinations to students. At a few of these schools students do not even need an appointment; they can walk into health services at any time.
Mark Douglass, an associate clinical professor of pharmacy at Northeastern, where the spring semester started Jan. 7, said the university saw high numbers of students getting vaccinated last week.
The University Health and Counseling Services reported that approximately 250 students went to the office Thursday for flu shots, Douglass said. Typically there are only about 20 students per day who go in for the vaccination.
“People are just heeding the warnings,” he said.